Newsflash: Friday, 18 September 2020

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RESOURCES:

2. The 2020 NOB Empowerment Visits Material
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

3. Give us your feedback on AFM Communication
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1. MOVEMENT TO LOCKDOWN LEVEL 1: GATHERINGSOn Wednesday, 17 September the President of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will move to Lockdown Alert Level 1 and will take effect from midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020. The move recognises that levels of infection are relatively low and that there is sufficient capacity in our health system to manage the current need.

The move to Lockdown Alert Level 1 means a further easing of restrictions on gatherings:

  • Religious gatherings are permitted as long as the number of people does not exceed 50% of the normal capacity of the venue – up to a maximum of 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings. Health protocols, such as washing hands or sanitising hands, social distancing and mask-wearing, will need to be strictly observed.
  • The maximum number of people who may attend a funeral is increased from 50 to 100 due to the higher risk of viral transmission at funerals.

 

The AFM welcomes the ease of these restrictions and will issue amended guidelines to all church structures as soon as the regulations are formally promulgated.

2. NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (NCM)2020 has been a very difficult and challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic which caused a serious interruption to the activities of the Children’s Ministry in our denomination at large – leading to an “online” way of doing things. Regions, Assemblies and Members have lost loved ones due to the pandemic. We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of the departed and pray for God’s strength and comfort.

We would like to remind the Regions and Assemblies that as per the AFM Calendar for 2020, this coming Sunday, the 20th of September, is our Children’s Ministry Day. Every year on this day we give the children the opportunity to conduct the Sunday service to showcase their talent and experience they gained from Children’s Ministry. Secondly, on the day we request and encourage that every member of the Assembly contribute a sum of not less than R10.00 per member – which after the collection is deposited into the National Children’s Ministry bank account:

Account Name: The AFM of SA National Children Ministry

Bank: ABSA

Account #:4057290440

Reference: The name of the Assembly should be stated as a reference when the deposit is made.

The support of every member of our church is forever valued and appreciated in the best interest of our children in the beloved AFM of SA.

Many thanks!
Past. Sam Tshabalala
(Director of the AFM National Children’s Ministry)

3. MARRIAGE OFFICERS: DELAY IN APPLICATIONS

The AFM National Office is receiving many enquiries regarding the progress of applications for Marriage Officers. The Department of Home Affairs issued an e-mail apology for the delays in the application process. The situation is being monitored and followed up on a weekly basis.

“Due to the fact that we are still in lockdown and have a shortage of staff, and only specified services are rendered at the local Home Affairs Offices, we are unable to process the applications at the moment as the Reverends will not be able to write the prescribed tests at the local Offices.” – Department of Home Affairs

AFM Pastors are advised to still direct enquiries to AFM staff member, Jolandé Prinsloo, and not to the Department of Home Affairs:

Ms. Jolandé Prinsloo

[email protected]

(012) 644 0490

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

 

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 18 September 2020

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BRONNE:

1. Die 2021 AGS Kalender
https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/AFM-Calender-2021-2.pdf-FINAL-28.08.2020.pdf

2. Die 2020 NOB Bemagtingsbesoeke Materiaal
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

3. Gee ons jou terugvoer oor die AGS se Kommunikasie
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7THPWNS

4. Pastorale Nuusbrief: 3de Kwartaal
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-3de-kwartaal-2020/

AGS Mede-Kollega,

1. DIE SKUIF NA INPERKINGSVLAK 1: BYEENKOMSTE 

Die President van Suid-Afrika, Mnr. Cyril Ramaphosa, het op Woensdag 17 September aangekondig dat die land na Inperkingsvlak 1 sal skuif en dat hierdie skuif vanaf middernag op Sondag, 20 September in werking sal tree. Met hierdie skuif word bevestig dat die vlakke van infeksie relatief laag is en dat daar voldoende kapasiteit in ons gesondheidstelsel is om die huidige behoefte te hanteer.

Die skuif na Inperkingsvlak 1 beteken ‘n verdere verslapping van beperkings op byeenkomste:

  • Godsdienstige byeenkomste word toegelaat solank die aantal mense nie meer as 50% van die normale kapasiteit van die lokaal oorskry nie – tot ‘n maksimum van 250 mense vir binnenshuise byeenkomste en 500 mense vir buite byeenkomste. Covid-19 protokolle, soos om hande te was of te ontsmet, sosiale afstand te hou en die dra van maskers moet nog steeds streng nagekom word.
  • Die maksimum aantal mense wat ‘n begrafnis mag bywoon, word verhoog van 50 tot 100 as gevolg van die hoër risiko vir virale oordrag by begrafnisse.

Die AGS verwelkom die aangepaste beperkings en sal gewysigde riglyne aan alle kerkstrukture uitreik sodra die regulasies formeel aangekondig word.

2. AGS NASIONALE KINDERBEDIENDING 

2020 was ‘n baie moeilike en uitdagende jaar as gevolg van die Covid-19 pandemie wat ernstige onderbrekings in die aktiwiteite van die Kinderbediening in ons denominasie in die algemeen veroorsaak het – wat op die ou einde gelei het tot ‘n “aanlyn” manier van dinge doen. Streke, Gemeentes en Lidmate het geliefdes verloor weens die pandemie. Ons wil ons innige meegevoel betuig en bid vir God se krag en vertroosting.

Ons wil graag ons Streke en Gemeentes daaraan herinner dat komende Sondag, 20 September ons Kinderbedieningsdag is volgens die 2020 AGS-kalender. Elke jaar op hierdie dag gee ons die kinders die geleentheid om die Sondagdiens aan te bied om sodoende hul talent en ervaring wat hulle by die Kinderbediening opgedoen het, ten toon te stel. Tweedens, op die dag word lidmate in ons Gemeentes versoek en aangemoedig om ‘n bedrag van ten minste R10 per lidmaat by te dra wat dan direk in die Nasionale Kinderbediening se bankrekening betaal word:

Rekeningnaam: The AFM of SA National Children Ministry

Bank: ABSA

Rekening Nr.: 4057290440

Verwysing: Die naam van die Gemeente moet as verwysing vermeld word wanneer die deposito gemaak word.

Die ondersteuning van elke lidmaat van ons kerk word opreg waardeer in die beste belang van ons kinders in die geliefde AGS van SA.

Seën!
Past. Sam Tshabalala
(Direkteur van die Nasionale Kinderbediening)

3. HUWELIKSBEVESTIGERS: AANSOEKE

Die AGS Nasionale Kantoor ontvang tans baie navrae oor die vordering van aansoeke vir huweliksbeamptes. Die Departement van Binnelandse Sake het per e-pos verskoning gevra vir die vertragings in die aansoekproses. Die situasie word weekliks gemonitor en opgevolg.

“Due to the fact that we are still in lockdown and have a shortage of staff, and only specified services are rendered at the local Home Affairs Offices, we are unable to process the applications at the moment as the Reverends will not be able to write the prescribed tests at the local Offices.” – Department of Home Affairs

Pastore moet asseblief navrae rig aan AGS-personeellid, Jolandé Prinsloo, en nie aan die Departement van Binnelandse Sake nie:

Me Jolandé Prinsloo

[email protected]

(012) 644 0490

Seëninge!
MG Mahlobo

AFM Pastoral Letter 3rd Quarter 2020

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INTRODUCTION 

AFM Colleague,

All indications are that we are beyond the first peak of Covid-19. I need to emphasise that the possibility of another wave of infection is real. I, therefore, urge you to remain vigilant and comply with all Covid-19 safety protocols. Some of the issues in this letter are prayer and self-care.

THE POWER OF PRAYER
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]

One may ask the question and rightly so: “Why is it necessary to talk about the power of prayer in a communication addressed to Pastors?” It is important to be mindful of the fact that we are part of a society that relies more on what is humanly possible. It is a generation that is skeptical about divine intervention and would rather rely on science and other resources to deal with life’s challenges. For this reason, we need to reflect, from time to time, on important aspects as well as the efficacy of prayer.

Important Aspects of Prayer

In Matthew 6: 9-13 there are six important attributes of prayer. These are: (1) relationship with God (our Father), (2) recognition of God’s nature (hallowed be your Name), (3) realisation and acceptance that current reality is not in line with God’s will (Your Kingdom come, and Your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven), (4) receptive attitude towards God’s providence (give us today our daily bread), (5) repentance and penitence (and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors), and (6) rescue appeal from evil (and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one).

Efficacy of Prayer Demonstrated 

The Bible presents us with many examples of the power of prayer. I would highlight three of these.

1. Hannah: 1 Samuel 1: 1-28

In 1 Samuel 1: 10-11 we read about Hannah’s prayer: “In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” Hannah addressed her prayer to the LORD Almighty. She declares her relationship with YHWH with whom they have a covenant. She also recognises the omnipotence of God. She calls God “LORD Almighty” (or of hosts). This was the first time that this title, “LORD of Mighty Armies” was used by an individual in conversation with God. Hannah felt attacked by her rival, so she called on the “LORD Almighty” to be her protector. Her prayer was answered in 1 Samuel 1:20.

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

2. Jehoshaphat: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30

When Jehoshaphat, the 4th King of Judah was faced with an imminent invasion by a coalition of powerful enemies, he convened a national prayer. In 2 Chronicles 20: 5-12 he invokes the relationship that his ancestors had with God. He recognises God’s reign over the nations and God’s almighty power over calamities. He also declares their helplessness and dependence on God’s intervention. In verse 12 he says: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” The power of prayer is demonstrated in the way God intervened. The invaders were conquered without anyone from Judah lifting a finger or a weapon. God’s intervention is an indication that we can solicit His intervention in times of threat and crises.

3. Early Church Praying for Peter: Acts 12:1-19

In Acts 12 the Roman Emperor, King Herod Agrippa 1, unleashed persecution on the church. The casualties of this persecution included James who was killed and Simon Peter who was imprisoned. Peter was under heavy security in prison. There were no prospects for him escaping. In Acts 12:5 we read that the church convened and earnestly prayed for him. This corporate prayer resulted in the angel miraculously releasing Peter and guiding him through all the security gates to his freedom. It was clear that this became possible through God’s intervention. An effective prayer can unlock prison chains and open prison doors.

 

“Prayer is our “war room” in times of distress and crises.”

Our predecessors were men and women of prayer. The growth of this church in this country, and beyond, can be ascribed to their prayer life, dedication, sacrifice, and pursuit of holiness. If all else fail, we can be assured that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16). Prayer is our “war room” in times of distress and crises. I would like to see all AFM local Assemblies having “Prayer War Rooms” (PWR).  Each PWR should have a dedicated team of Prayer Warriors and focus on specific issues within the church and in their communities. The current challenges in our society, locally and globally, require that we earnestly seek God’s intervention.

THE 2020 GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING (GBM) & THE NATIONAL AFM CONFERENCE: THE WAY FORWARD

Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]

The convening of the AFM of SA 2020 Annual Conference (AC) and General Business Meeting (GBM) which was originally scheduled for 6-9 September 2020, had to be postponed due to the national lockdown regulations. These regulations restrict church gatherings to 50 people. During a virtual meeting in July this year, the National Leadership Forum (NLF) resolved that three tentative dates be set aside as possible alternatives. The determining factor will be the number of people allowed for church gatherings. The earmarked dates are 8-12 November 2020 or 14-18 February 2021 or 14-18 March 2021. The venue remains Word and Life (Woord en Lewe) in Boksburg. My request is that you diarise these tentative dates.

“The Church’s National Office Bearers (NOB) namely the President, the Deputy President, the General Secretary, and the General Treasurer will be elected at the next GBM.”

The Church’s National Office Bearers (NOB) namely the President, the Deputy President, the General Secretary, and the General Treasurer will be elected at the next GBM. Our 2018 GBM approved amendments to the church’s constitution allowing Assembly Governing Bodies and Regional Committees to participate in the process of the NOB elections. These amendments are reflected in Chapter 4 and Chapter 4a of the latest AFM Constitution. They are also reflected in Regulation 1.32.7 of the latest Rules of Order (Appendix 1 to the AFM Constitution).

The first phase of the process has been completed. I would like to express my appreciation to all Assembly Governing Bodies and Regional Committees who sent in their preferred nominees. These Nominees were subjected to vetting by the Scrutiny Committee which was appointed by the NLF. The successful nominees have accepted their nominations. Their names and CV’s have been circularised by the Office of the General Secretary. To view and download the CV’s of the nominees visit the following link on the AFM website:

https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-21-august-2020-resources/

They will constitute the pool from which the GBM will elect the new NOB members. However, the election process allows for the nomination of candidates from the floor, who are not in the pool.

The office of the General Secretary will be in contact with you via your Regional Secretary or Administrator to ensure that your assembly information is captured accurately on the AFM National Office database. Your cooperation will be appreciated.

PASTORAL SELF-CARE
Dr. H.J. Weideman (General Secretary of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]  

Feeding, leading, equipping, serving and caring are all a part of the Biblical calling of pastors. To really care for others affectively and continuously, necessitates that pastors must apply self-care. Self-care is the physical, emotional, and spiritual equivalent of maintaining a vehicle. You must regularly change the oil, check the battery etc. to ensure better performance and longevity of your car.

“Self-care is the physical, emotional, and spiritual equivalent of maintaining a vehicle.”

During the pandemic, even though Pastors cannot be with their congregants physically, they are trying to care for the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of their congregants – although a significant number say they themselves are exhausted, stressed and isolated. Pastors often do not recognise the fatigue and stress caused by fulfilling their ministry. They tend to spiritualise away the need for self-care. Other people and even Pastors themselves, consider it a lack of trust in God to invest in self-care activities. This might lead to self-pressure, self-promotion and workaholism which causes poor health and even an early death.

The Example Of Jesus

Jesus regularly took time out to rest and replenish Himself and encouraged His disciples to do the same. (Matt. 14:13 & 23; Mark. 6:31-32 & 46; Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12-13).

Four Major Areas Of Self-Care

Spiritual: (Heart).  This includes prayer, Bible study, devotions, worship, solitude and scriptural meditation. Not for “work” purposes, but for the personal spiritual life of the Pastor.  We should never confuse our own spiritual journey with God with that of the assembly in which we work.

Currently so much is uncertain: Instill hope and faith in others and in yourself.”

Mental: (Intellect). Mental self-care includes things like thinking, reading and discussing issues with others, as well as processing your experiences and thoughts. Intentionally take breaks from news updates and social media. Read the Bible or another book to feed your own soul and think about how you can implement what you are reading into your life. Do whatever is needed to maintain wholeness and unwavering commitment to personal values and principles. Currently so much is uncertain: Instill hope and faith in others and in yourself. Heb. 11:1(NIV) “Faith is confidence in what we hope for, and assurance about what we do not see.”

Emotional: (Soul). Take time to identify your emotions, decide what they mean and what you should do about it. Watch for opportunities to laugh. Humor really helps. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Even if your meetings have moved to online platforms, be mindful of your boundaries. Decide when you are taking off your work hat and putting on your personal hat. It is especially important to keep up the boundaries between ministry and family life. Family time must be regarded as at least as important as church appointments. Too often family times are canceled, because someone else is demanding the Pastor’s attention with what is not necessarily an emergency. An important part of self-care is to clarify the expectations that the assembly has from the Pastor. If that is not dealt with adequately, it can become a stress factor to the Pastor, his/her family and the congregation. It might not currently be easy to have lunch with a friend, but one can still connect electronically or on the phone. Pastors should guard against isolation. Mentally and emotionally it is important to keep a routine of devotions, getting dressed, making the bed, etc. It provides some sense of consistency in a generally unpredictable work environment.

It might not currently be easy to have lunch with a friend, but one can still connect electronically or on the phone.”

Physical (Body). This is the area that comes most readily to mind when we think about self-care.  It involves a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate rest and sleep and a conscious effort to reduce stress. An important key in self-care is consistency. Most Pastors are not serious athletes but should train for long-term health. Exercise was part of everyday life in Biblical times. People walked far. They were farmers and herders. Some Pastors are averse to an off day because they feel guilty when they do something else than church work. A day of rest allows your body, soul, mind, and spirit to recharge and catch up with each other. Sleep is essential to optimal functioning and self-care. Although the amount of sleep needed changes through the seasons of our lives, it is normally between 6-8 hours.

Pastors are in a “helping profession” and are often the last to seek help for themselves. The pastor and his/her family just like any other family, has a right to be human and to seek help in counseling or other available resources.  A Pastor who struggles with self-care should be encouraged to talk to a counsellor or professional that can assist in this important aspect of ministry.

During and after the COVID-19 pandemic, faithful and caring Pastors are needed more than ever.”

During and after the COVID-19 pandemic, faithful and caring Pastors are needed more than ever. If Pastors fail at self-care, they certainly would not be effective in ministering to others. It is my prayer that all our Pastors will take good care of themselves all along their journey of ministry.

With acknowledgement to: 

Pastoral Self-Care in a Pandemic: Doug Clay, March 2020; Pastoral Self-Care in Isolating Times: Ivan L. Williams, Apr. 2020; Self-care for the weary pastor: Focus on the Family, 2018; Self-care list for Pastors: Pastoral Care Incorporated, 2020; The Pastor’s self-care in four easy steps: Marty Duren, Feb. 2018.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: UNDERSTANDING CHILD ABUSE
Ashley Theron (Acting CEO of AFM Welfare) – a[email protected]

I trust that the information and knowledge shared in this article will strengthen your role in preventing and identifying child abuse in your local community. I hope to guide you in what actions need to be taken should an alleged child abuse incident be reported to you as Pastor.

Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child. Younger children are abused most, and more girls suffer from neglect than boys. The most common forms of child abuse are: neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse.

Neglect: Child neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs and the most common form of child abuse. Child neglect encompasses abandonment, lack of appropriate supervision, failure to attend to necessary emotional or psychological needs and failure to provide necessary education , medical care, nourishment, shelter and/or clothing. The following is a list of signs and symptoms by which child neglect is identified:

  • Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes or misses attending school.
  • Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen.
  • Lacks adult supervision.
  • Is overly compliant, passive or withdrawn.
  • Comes to school or other activities early, stays late or does not want to go home.

Physical Abuse: Physical abuse of a child is when a parent or caregiver causes any non-accidental physical injury to a child. Physical abuse includes striking, kicking, burning, biting, hair pulling, choking, throwing, shoving, whipping or any other action that injures a child. Signs of physical abuse in a child are:

  • Bruises, blisters, burns, cuts and scratches.
  • Internal injuries, brain damage, broken bones, sprains and dislocated joints.
  • Visible and severe injuries that can lead to lifelong injury or even death.
  • Unexplained or explained in a way that does not make sense.
  • Frequency, timing and history of injuries (frequent after weekends, vacations, school absences).

Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse is any type of abuse that involves the continual emotional mistreatment of a child. It is sometimes called psychological abuse. Emotional abuse can involve deliberately trying to scare, humiliate, isolate or ignore a child. Forms of emotional abuse include: (i) humiliating or constantly criticising a child, (ii) threatening or shouting at a child or calling them names, (iii) making the child the subject of jokes or using sarcasm to hurt a child, (iv) blaming, scaring, scapegoating and manipulating a child and (v) an absent parent, persistently ignoring and isolating the child. There might not be any obvious physical signs of emotional abuse or neglect. This means it can be difficult to tell if a child is being emotionally abused. But children who are emotionally abused might:

  • Seem unconfident or lack self-assurance.
  • Struggle to control their emotions.
  • Difficulty making or maintaining relationships.
  • Act in a way that is inappropriate for their age.

Sexual Abuse: When a child or young person is sexually abused, they are forced or tricked into sexual activities. They might not understand that what is happening is abuse. It is important for children to know that it is never their fault that they were sexually abused. Signs and symptoms of sexual abuse include:

  • Changes in behaviour – a child may start being aggressive, withdrawn, clingy, have difficulties sleeping, have regular nightmares or start wetting the bed.
  • Avoiding the abuser – the child may dislike or seem afraid of a particular person and try to avoid spending time alone with them.
  • Sexually inappropriate behaviour – children who have been abused may behave in sexually inappropriate ways or use sexually explicit language.
  • Physical problems – the child may develop health problems, including soreness in the genital and anal areas or sexually transmitted infections or they may become pregnant.
  • Problems at school – an abused child may have difficulty concentrating and learning and their grades may start to drop.

What Can Pastors Do If A Child Reveals Abuse?

A child who is being neglected or abused might not realise what is happening is wrong – and they might even blame themselves. If a child talks to you about neglect or abuse it is important to listen carefully and note the following:

  • Child’s name, address and telephone number.
  • Parent’s or guardian’s name and telephone numbers.
  • Reasons for concern, any documentation of indicators and any relevant statements made by the child.
  • Affirm the child – tell them it is not their fault, let them know they did the right thing by telling you and explain what will happen next.
  • Do not confront the alleged abuser, but report what the child has told you as soon as possible.
  • Report the abuse to: Childline SA (Toll-free no. 080 005 5555) OR contact your nearest Department of Social Development office OR the nearest Child Protection Organisation (for example Child Welfare). In extreme cases, especially after hours, contact your nearest Police Station (SAPS).

This article is a good starting point for any Pastor who wishes to know and learn more about child abuse. We have a more elaborated article prepared where more detailed information is shared. The full article is available from the AFM website for your reference: https://afm-ags.org/category/articles/. You are also welcome to send me any questions or feedback regarding the issue of child abuse: [email protected].

CONCLUSION

As always, I would like to receive your feedback on the contents of this Pastoral Letter. I would also appreciate hearing how the coronavirus pandemic affects you, your family, and your congregation. I continue to keep you in my prayers. Your role in the AFM and in God’s Kingdom is greatly appreciated.

Blessings!

Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Pastorale Brief 3de Kwartaal 2020

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INLEIDING

AGS Kollega,

Alles dui daarop dat ons verby die eerste piek van Covid-19 is. Ek moet beklemtoon dat die moontlikheid van nog ‘n infeksiegolf werklik is. Ek doen ‘n beroep op jou om waaksaam te wees en aan alle Covid-19 veiligheidsmaatreëls te voldoen. Sommige van die kwessies in hierdie brief is gebed en selfversorging.

DIE KRAG VAN GEBED
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]

Tereg kan ‘n mens die vraag stel: “Waarom is dit nodig om oor die krag van gebed te praat in ‘n kommunikasie aan Pastore?” Dit is belangrik om daarop te let dat ons deel is van ‘n samelewing wat meer vertrou op wat menslik moontlik is. Dit is ‘n generasie wat skepties is oor Goddelike ingryping en eerder op die wetenskap en ander hulpbronne wil staatmaak om die lewe se uitdagings aan te pak. Om hierdie rede moet ons van tyd tot tyd besin oor die belangrike aspekte, sowel as die doeltreffendheid van gebed.

Belangrike Aspekte van Gebed

In Matteus 6: 9-13 is daar ses belangrike eienskappe van gebed. Dit is: (1) verhouding met God (Ons Vader in die hemel), (2) erkenning van God se natuur (Laat u Naam geheilig word), (3) besef en aanvaarding dat ons werklikheid nie in lyn is met die wil van God nie (Laat u koninkryk kom. Laat u wil hier op aarde uitgevoer word soos in die hemel), (4) ontvanklike houding teenoor God se voorsienig (Gee ons die porsie brood wat ons vir vandag nodig het), (5) beleiding van sonde en berou (En vergeef ons ons sondeskuld soos ons ook óns skuldenaars vergewe het), en (6) redding van die kwaad (Bewaar ons sodat ons nie aan verleiding sal toegee nie; maar bevry ons van die greep van die bose).

Doeltreffendheid van Gebed

Die Bybel gee baie voorbeelde van die krag van gebed. Ek wil drie hiervan uitlig.

1. Hanna: 1 Samuel 1: 1-28

In 1 Samuel 1:10-11 lees ons oor Hanna se gebed: 10Hanna was baie ontsteld en terwyl sy onbedaarlik huil, het sy tot die Here gebid. Sy het 11’n gelofte gemaak: “O Here, Almagtige, as U tog net my verdriet wil raaksien en my gebed verhoor en vir my ’n seun gee, sal ek hom vir U teruggee. Lewenslank sal hy aan U behoort. As teken daarvan sal sy hare nooit gesny word nie.” Hanna rig haar gebed tot die HERE, die Almagtige. Sy verklaar haar verhouding met YHWH met wie hulle ‘n verbond het. Sy erken ook die almag van God. Sy noem God “O Here, Almagtige” (of van die leërskare). Dit was die eerste keer dat hierdie titel, “HERE van die leërskare”, deur ‘n individu in gesprek met God gebruik is. Hannah voel aangeval deur haar mededinger, en daarom roep sy op “O Here, Almagtige” om haar beskermer te wees. Haar gebed is beantwoord in 1 Samuel 1:20.

“Ons weet nie wat om te doen nie, maar ons kyk op na U vir hulp.”

2. Josafat: 2 Kronieke 20: 1-30

Toe Josafat, die 4de koning van Juda, voor ‘n dreigende aanval deur ‘n koalisie van magtige vyande te staan gekom het, het hy ‘n nasionale gebed byeengeroep. In 2 Kronieke 20: 5-12 verklaar hy die verhouding wat sy voorouers met God gehad het. Hy erken God se heerskappy oor die nasies en God se almagtige mag oor rampe. Hy verklaar ook hul hulpeloosheid en afhanklikheid van God se ingryping. In vers 12 sê hy: “Ons weet nie wat om te doen nie, maar ons kyk op na U vir hulp.” Die krag van gebed word bewys deur die manier waarop God ingegryp het. Die aanvallers is oorwin sonder dat iemand uit Juda ‘n vinger of ‘n wapen oplig. God se ingryping is ‘n aanduiding dat ons Sy ingryping kan vra in tye van bedreiging en krisisse.

3. Vroeë Kerke se Gebed vir Petrus: Handelinge 12: 1-19

In Handelinge 12 het die Romeinse Keiser, Koning Herodes Agrippa 1, die wat aan die Kerk behoort, begin vervolg. Die slagoffers van hierdie vervolging sluit Jakobus in wat vermoor is en Simon Petrus wat in die tronk gegooi is. Petrus was onder swaar bewaking in die tronk. Daar was geen vooruitsigte dat hy sou ontsnap nie. In Handelinge 12: 5 lees ons dat die kerk byeen gekom het en ernstig vir hom gebid het. Hierdie gesamentlike gebed het daartoe gelei dat die engel Petrus op ‘n wonderbaarlike wyse vrygelaat het en hom deur al die veiligheidshekke gelei het tot sy vryheid. Dit was duidelik dat dit moontlik gemaak is deur God se ingryping. ‘n Effektiewe gebed kan kettings oopsluit en tronkdeure oopmaak.

Gebed is ons “oorlogskamer” in tye van nood en krisisse.”

Ons voorgangers was mans en vroue van gebed. Die groei van ons kerk in hierdie land en in die buiteland, kan toegeskryf word aan hul gebedslewe, toewyding, opoffering en strewe na heiligheid. As alles anders verkeerd loop, kan ons verseker wees dat die gebed van ‘n regverdige kragtig en effektief is (Jakobus 5:16). Gebed is ons “oorlogskamer” in tye van nood en krisisse. Ek wil graag sien dat alle plaaslike AGS gemeentes “Prayer War Rooms” (PWR) het. Elke PWR moet ‘n toegewyde span Gebedskrygers hê en fokus op spesifieke kwessies binne die kerk en in hul gemeenskappe. Die huidige uitdagings in ons samelewing, plaaslik en wêreldwyd, vereis dat ons ernstig na God se ingryping soek.

DIE 2020 ALGEMENE BESIGHEIDSVERGADERING (GBM) & DIE NASIONALE AGS-KONFERENSIE: DIE PAD VORENTOE

Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]

Die 2020 Jaarlikse AGS van SA se Nasionale Konferensie en die Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM), wat oorspronklik vir 6-9 September 2020 beplan was, moes weens die nasionale inperkingsregulasies uitgestel word. Hierdie regulasies beperk kerkbyeenkomste tot 50 mense. Tydens ‘n virtuele vergadering in Julie vanjaar het die Nasionale Leierskapforum (NLF) besluit dat drie voorlopige datums as moontlike alternatiewe sal dien. Die bepalende faktor is die aantal mense wat vir kerkbyeenkomste toegelaat word. Die vasgestelde datums is 8-12 November 2020 of 14-18 Februarie 2021 of 14-18 Maart 2021. Woord en Lewe in Boksburg bly steeds die plek waar dit sal plaasvind. My versoek is dat jy hierdie voorlopige datums dagboek.

Die Kerk se Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB), naamlik die President, die Adjunkpresident, die Algemene Sekretaris en die Algemene Tesourier sal by die volgende Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) verkies word. Ons GBM van 2018 het wysigings aan die grondwet van die kerk goedgekeur, wat die Beheerliggame van Gemeentes asook Streekskomitees toelaat om deel te neem aan die proses van die NOB-verkiesing. Hierdie wysigings word weerspieël in Hoofstuk 4 en Hoofstuk 4a van die nuutste AGS-konstitusie. Dit word ook weerspieël in Regulasie 1.32.7 van die nuutste Reëls van Orde (Aanhangsel 1 tot die AGS-konstitusie).

Die eerste fase van die proses is voltooi. Ek wil my waardering uitspreek teenoor alle Beheerliggame van Gemeentes en Streekskomitees wat hul nominasies ingestuur het. Hierdie genomineerdes is gekeur deur die Ondersoek Komitee wat deur die NLF aangestel is. Die suksesvolle gekeurdes het hul benoemings aanvaar. Hul name en CV’s is deur die kantoor van die Algemene Sekretaris gesirkuleer. Besoek die volgende skakel op die AGS-webblad om die CV’s van die genomineerdes af te laai:

https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-21-august-2020-resources/

Dit is die groep waaruit die GBM die nuwe NOB-lede sal verkies. Die verkiesingsproses maak egter voorsiening vir die benoeming van kandidate wat nie in die groep is nie.

Die kantoor van die Algemene Sekretaris sal met jou in verbinding tree deur jou Streeksekretaris of Administrateur om te verseker dat jou gemeente inligting akkuraat in die databasis van die AGS Nasional Kantoor vasgelê word. Jou samewerking sal waardeer word.

SELFSORG VIR PASTORE
Dr. H.J. Weideman (Algemene Sekretaris van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]  

Om mense te lei, toe te rus, te bedien en te versorg is deel van die Bybelse roeping van Pastore. Om ander effektief en volhoubaar te versorg, noodsaak egter dat Pastore ook hulleself moet versorg.  Selfsorg is die fisiese, emosionele en geestelike ekwiwalent van die instandhouding van ‘n voertuig.  Die olie, battery, ens. moet gereeld nagegaan word, om die effektiwiteit en lang lewe van die motor te verseker.

“Selfsorg is die fisiese, emosionele en geestelike ekwiwalent van die instandhouding van ‘n voertuig.”

Gedurende die pandemie, al kan hulle nie altyd self teenwoordig wees nie, probeer meeste Pastore om hulle gemeentelede fisies, verstandelik, emosioneel en geestelik te bedien – alhoewel ‘n beduidende getal Pastore self aandui dat hulle uitgeput, gespanne en geïsoleerd voel. Pastore erken dikwels nie die spanning en moegheid wat die bediening tot gevolg het nie. Hulle is geneig om selfsorg weg te vergeestelik. Baie mense, en selfs Pastore, sien selfsorg aktiwiteite soms as ‘n gebrek aan vertroue in God. Dit kan lei tot uitermatige self-druk en werkholisme, wat gesondheidsprobleme en selfs ‘n vroeë dood tot gevolg kan hê.

Jesus se voorbeeld:

Jesus het gereeld rustye geneem, Homself Geestelik verfris en Sy dissipels aangemoedig om dieselfde te doen. (Matt. 14:13 & 23; Mark. 6:31-32 & 46; Luk. 5:16; Luk. 6:12-13).

Vier Selfsorg Areas

Geestelik: (Hart).  Dit sluit gebed, Bybelstudie, oordenking, aanbidding en Woord-meditasie in. Nie vir “werk” doeleindes nie, maar vir die persoonlike Geestelike lewe van die Pastoor. Ons moet nooit ons eie Geestelike reis met God verwar met die van die Gemeente waarin ons werk nie.

Verstandelik: (Intellek).  Verstandelike selfsorg sluit aspekte in soos lees, die oordenking en   bespreking van kwessies met ander, sowel as die verwerking van jou belewenisse en gedagtes. Neem doelbewuste breke van nuusopdaterings en sosiale media. Lees die Bybel of ‘n ander boek om jou eie siel te voed en bedink hoe jy wat jy gelees het in jou lewe kan toepas. Doen wat ookal nodig is om persoonlike waardes en beginsels te handhaaf.

“Wakker hoop en geloof by ander en ook by jouself aan.”

Tans is daar baie onsekerhede: Wakker hoop en geloof by ander en ook by jouself aan. Heb. 11:1 (NLV) “Geloof … is ‘n vaste versekering dat die dinge waarna ons uitsien inderdaad sal gebeur.” 

Emosioneel: (Siel). Identifiseer jou emosies, besluit wat dit beteken en wat jy daaraan moet doen. Soek vir geleenthede om te lag. Humor maak regtig ‘n verskil. Spreuke 17:22 sê, “’n Vrolike mens is ‘n gesonde mens, ‘n neerslagtige mens raak uitgeput.” Al het party vergaderings na aanlynplatforms geskuif, is dit belangrik om persoonlike grense te handhaaf. Besluit wanneer jy aan- en wanneer jy afdiens is. Dit is veral belangrik om te onderskei tussen bediening- en familietyd. Familietyd moet ten minste net so belangrik geag word as kerkverwante afsprake. Dit gebeur te dikwels dat familietye gekanseleer word, omdat iemand op die Pastoor se aandag aanspraak maak met iets wat soms werklik nie dringend is nie.

“Dit is dalk nie tans makllik om saam met ‘n vriend midagete te geniet nie, maar ‘n mens kan steeds elektronies of per telefoon in kontak bly.”

‘n Belangrike deel van selfsorg is om die verwagtinge wat die gemeente van die Pastoor het, uit te klaar. Indien dit nie effektief aangespreek word nie veroorsaak dit spanning vir die Pastoor, sy/haar familie en die gemeente. Dit is dalk nie tans makllik om saam met ‘n vriend midagete te geniet nie, maar ‘n mens kan steeds elektronies of per telefoon in kontak bly. Pastore moet daarteen waak om geïsoleerd te raak. Dit is verstandelik en emosioneel belangrik om ‘n roetine t.o.v. stiltetyd, aantrek, bedopmaak, ens. te handhaaf. Dit skep ‘n mate van konsekwentheid in ‘n andersinds onvoorspelbare werkomgewing.

Fisies (Liggaam). Wanneer daar oor selfsorg gepraat word, dink mense meestal hieraan. Dit behels ‘n gesonde dieet, gereelde oefening, genoegsame rus en slaap en ‘n doelbewuste poging om spanning te verminder. ‘n Belangrike sleutel hier is volharding. Die meeste Pastore is nie ernstige atlete nie, maar behoort te oefen vir langtermyn gesondheid. In Bybelse tye was oefening deel van die alledaagse lewe. Mense het ver geloop. Hulle was landbouers en herders. Sommige Pastore het ‘n afkeur in ‘n afdag, en voel skuldig wanneer hulle enige iets anders as kerkwerk doen. ‘n Rusdag gee jou liggaam, siel, verstand en gees kans om te herlaai en met mekaar op te vang.

Slaap is noodsaaklik vir optimale funksionering en selfsorg. Alhoewel die hoeveelheid slaap wat ons benodig volgens ons lewensseisoene verander, is dit gewoonlik tussen 6-8 ure. Pastore is in ‘n “hulpverlenings professie” maar is dikwels die laaste persone om self hulp te vra. Pastore en hulle families is egter net soos enige ander familie, geregtig daarop om menslik te wees en in berading en ander beskikbare bronne hulp te kry. ‘n Pastoor wat sukkel met selfsorg, moet aangemoedig word om met ‘n berader of ‘n ander professionele persoon te praat wat bystand t.o.v. hierdie belangrike aspek van bediening kan verleen.

Gedurende en na die Covid-19 pandemie het ons Pastore nodig wat ander volhoubaar kan bedien.  Indien Pastore egter daarin faal om hulleself te versorg, sal hulle moeilik suksesvol wees in die opbouing van ander. Dit is my gebed dat al ons Pastore deurlopend op hulle bedieningsreis goeie selfsorg sal toepas.

Met erkenning aan:   

Pastoral Self-Care in a Pandemic: Doug Clay, March 2020; Pastoral Self-Care in Isolating Times: Ivan L. Williams, Apr. 2020; Self-care for the weary pastor: Focus on the Family, 2018; Self-care list for Pastors: Pastoral Care Incorporated, 2020; The Pastor’s self-care in four easy steps: Marty Duren, Feb. 2018.

GEMEENSKAPSBETROKKENHEID: BEGRIP VAN KINDERMISHANDELING
Ashley Theron (Waarnemende Hoof van AGS Welsyn) – a[email protected]

Ek vertrou dat die inligting en kennis wat in hierdie artikel gedeel word, jou rol sal versterk in die voorkoming en identifisering van kindermishandeling in ons plaaslike gemeenskappe. Ek hoop om jou te help om die regte stappe te neem indien beweerde kindermishandeling aan jou as Pastoor gerapporteer word.

Kindermishandeling is wanneer ‘n ouer of oppasser deur optrede of versuim om op te tree, besering, dood, emosionele skade of die risiko van ernstige skade aan ‘n kind veroorsaak. Jonger kinders word die meeste mishandel, en meer meisies word verwaarloos as seuns. Die mees algemene vorme van kindermishandeling is: verwaarlosing, fisiese mishandeling, seksuele misbruik en emosionele mishandeling.

Verwaarlosing: Kinderverwaarlosing is die voortdurende versuim om aan die basiese behoeftes van die kind te voldoen en die mees algemene vorm van kindermishandeling. Kinderverwaarlosing sluit verlating (“abandonment”) van kinders in, gebrek aan toepaslike toesig, versuim om aan die nodige emosionele of sielkundige behoeftes te voldoen en die versuim om nodige onderrig, mediese sorg, voeding, skuiling en/of klere te bied. Die volgende is ‘n lys van tekens en simptome waarmee kinderverwaarlosing geïdentifiseer kan word:

  • Leerprobleme (of konsentrasieprobleme) wat nie toegeskryf kan word aan spesifieke fisiese of sielkundige oorsake nie of woon nie skool by nie.
  • Is altyd waaksaam, asof iets sleg enige oomblik kan gebeur.
  • Tekort aan volwasse toesig.
  • Is te bereidwillig, passief of teruggetrokke.
  • Is vroeg by die skool en vroeg vir ander aktiwiteite, bly laat of wil nie huis toe gaan nie.

Fisiese mishandeling: Fisiese mishandeling van ‘n kind is wanneer ‘n ouer of oppasser opsetlik liggaamlike besering aan ‘n kind veroorsaak. Fisiese mishandeling sluit in slaan, skop, brand, byt, hare trek, wurg, gooi, stoot of enige ander aksie wat die kind beseer. Tekens van fisieke mishandeling by ‘n kind is:

  • Kneusings, blase, brandwonde, snye en skrape.
  • Inwendige beserings, breinskade, gebreekte bene en verstuite gewrigte.
  • Sigbare en ernstige beserings wat tot lewenslange besering of selfs die dood kan lei.
  • Overklaarbaar of verduidelik op ‘n manier wat nie sin maak nie.
  • Die frekwensie, tydsberekening en geskiedenis van beserings (gereeld na naweke, vakansies, skoolafwesighede).

Emosionele mishandeling: Enige soort mishandeling wat voortdurend emosioneel plaasvind. Dit word soms sielkundige mishandeling genoem. Emosionele mishandeling kan behels dat ‘n kind doelbewus bang gemaak, verneder, afgesonder of geignoreer word. Vorme van emosionele mishandeling sluit in: (i) om ‘n kind te verneder of voortdurend te kritiseer, (ii) om op ‘n kind te skree of te dreig of om hulle name te noem, (iii) om die kind die onderwerp van grappies te maak of sarkasme te gebruik om ‘n kind te verneder, (iv ) die beskuldiging, bangmaak, vals aantuiging en manipulasie van ‘n kind en (v) ‘n afwesige ouer, wat die kind aanhoudend ignoreer en isoleer. Daar is moontlik geen fisieke tekens van emosionele mishandeling of verwaarlosing nie. Dit kan moeilik wees om te weet of ‘n kind emosioneel mishandel word. Maar kinders wat emosioneel mishandel word, kan:

  • ‘n Gebrek toon aan selfvertroue of is nie selfversekerd nie.
  • Sukkel om hul emosies te beheer.
  • Sukkel om verhoudings aan te knoop of te onderhou.
  • Handel op ‘n manier wat onvanpas is vir hul ouderdom.

Seksuele misbruik: Wanneer ‘n kind of jong persoon seksueel gemolesteer word, word hulle gedwing of mislei tot seksuele aktiwiteite. Hulle verstaan ​​miskien nie dat misbruik gebeur nie. Dit is belangrik vir kinders om te weet dat dit nooit hul skuld is dat hulle seksueel misbruik is nie. Tekens en simptome van seksuele misbruik sluit in:

  • Veranderings in gedrag – ‘n kind mag aggressief, teruggetrokke of afhanklik voorkom, sukkel om te slaap, gereelde nagmerries kry of die bed begin natmaak.
  • Vermy die misbruiker – die kind kan ‘n spesifieke persoon vrees of vermy en probeer nie alleen tyd saam met hulle te spandeer nie.
  • Seksueel onvanpaste gedrag – kinders wat mishandel word, kan op seksueel onvanpaste maniere optree of seksueel eksplisiete taal gebruik.
  • Fisiese probleme – die kind kan gesondheidsprobleme ontwikkel, insluitend pyn in die geslags- en anale areas, of seksueel oordraagbare infeksies, of hulle kan swanger word.
  • Probleme op skool – ‘n mishandelde kind kan sukkel om te konsentreer en te leer en hul punte kan begin daal.

Wat kan Pastore doen as ‘n Kind Mishandel word?

‘n Kind wat verwaarloos of mishandel word, besef dalk nie wat verkeerd is nie – en kan selfs hulself blameer. As ‘n kind met jou praat oor verwaarlosing of mishandeling, is dit belangrik om aandagtig te luister en die volgende te noteer:

  • Kind se naam, adres en telefoonnommer.
  • Naam van ouer of voog en telefoonnommers.
  • Redes tot kommer, enige dokumentasie van aanwysers en relevante verklarings deur die kind.
  • Bevestiging vir die kind – sê dat dit nie hul skuld is nie, laat hulle weet dat hulle die regte ding gedoen het deur jou te vertel en verduidelik wat volgende gaan gebeur.
  • Moenie die vermeende mishandelaar konfronteer nie, maar rapporteer so spoedig moontlik wat die kind vir jou gesê het.
  • Rapporteer die mishandeling aan: Childline SA (Tolvrye nr. 080 005 5555) OF kontak die naaste kantoor van die Departement van Maatskaplike Ontwikkeling OF die naaste Kinderbeskermingsorganisasie (byvoorbeeld Child Welfare). In uiterste gevalle, veral na-ure, kontak dir naaste Polisiekantoor (SAPD).

Hierdie artikel is ‘n goeie vertrekpunt vir elke Pastoor wat meer wil weet oor kindermishandeling. Ons het ‘n meer uitgebreide artikel voorberei waar gedetailleerde inligting gedeel word. Die volledige artikel is beskikbaar op die AGS-webblad by die volgende skakel:  https://afm-ags.org/category/articles/. Jy is ook welkom om vrae of terugvoering oor die kwessie van kindermishandeling vir my te stuur: [email protected].

SLOT

Soos altyd wil ek jou terugvoer ontvang oor die inhoud van hierdie Pastorale Brief. Ek sal dit ook waardeer om te hoor hoe die koronavirus-pandemie jou, jou gesin en jou gemeente beïnvloed. Ek hou aan om vir jou te bid. Jou rol in die AGS en in God se Koninkryk word baie waardeer.

Seëninge!

Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 4 SEPT 2020

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Newsflash 4 SEPT ENG

Fellow-Colleague,

1. AFM WELFARE: R1 PER MONTH PER WILLING AFM MEMBER

I would like to remind you of the AFM Welfare’s humble request for a R1 per month gift from willing AFM members. In the last Circular, a letter from the Welfare was included where a toolkit was promised: https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-21-august-2020-resources/.

This toolkit is now available for download and include multiple communication tools to engage AFM members on the request. The toolkit includes: (i) a PDF-document with all the information, (ii) a promotional flyer, (iii) a Power Point Presentation, (iv) a Facebook Banner and (v) an E-mail Signature Banner. I encourage you to make use of these tools to raise awareness of the Welfare’s request: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

2. ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN: CHURCHES

The National Leaders of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) launched the Church Anti-Corruption Campaign on 30 August 2020. This launch was preceded by the SACC media statement issued on 7 August 2020: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/.

The statement called on us to make a pledge on building an ethical state, transparency and accountability. September-month was declared by the churches as “free-of-corruption-month”. As part of activities aimed at shining light on corruption there will be a silent protest by church leaders on 15 September 2020. It is planned to take place provincially and in our national capitals. The AFM has already appointed AFM leaders who will participate.

My request is, that where possible, we should make an AFM Anti-Corruption poster visible in our church buildings and on our social media on 15 September 2020. The poster can be downloaded from

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/. The AFM of SA is calling on Government to bring a STOP to corruption in our country. Please make sure that you watch my video message in this regard:

3. ATTACKS ON AND MURDERS OF WOMEN AND FARMERS

I invite fellow pastors and leaders of the AFM to condemn the spike in attacks and murders of women and farmers in our country. I call upon our Government and Law Enforcement Agencies to prioritise these crimes and take swift action to bring perpetrators to justice. Our condolences are extended to all families who have become bereaved because of these heinous crimes.

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 4 September 2020

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Nuusflits 4 SEPT AFR

Mede-Kollega,

1. AGS WELSYN: R1 DONASIE VAN GEWILLIGE AGS-LIDMATE

Ek wil jou graag herinner aan die AGS Welsyn se nederige versoek vir ‘n R1 per maand donasie van gewillige AGS-lidmate. In die laaste Omsendbrief was ‘n skrywe van die Welsyn ingesluit wat hierdie versoek omskryf het en ook verwys het na ‘n “toolkit” vir Pastore: https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-21-august-2020-resources/.

Hierdie hulpbronne (of “toolkit”) is nou beskikbaar en bevat verskeie kommunikasie elemente om AGS-lidmate bewus te maak van die versoek. Die hulpbronne bevat: (i) ‘n PDF-dokument met volledige inligting, (ii) ‘n promosieblaadjie, (iii) ‘n PowerPoint-aanbieding, (iv) ‘n Facebook bannier en (v) ‘n e-pos bannier. Ek moedig jou aan om van hierdie hulpbronne gebruik te maak in jou kommunikasie met ons lidmate: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/.

2. ANTI-KORRUPSIE VELDTOG: KERKE 

Die Nasionale leiers van die Suid-Afrikaanse Raad van Kerke (SARK) het die Kerk-teen-korrupsieveldtog op 30 Augustus 2020 geloods. Hierdie bekendstelling is voorafgegaan deur die SARK-mediaverklaring wat op 7 Augustus 2020 uitgereik was: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/.

Die verklaring het ‘n beroep op ons gedoen om ‘n staat van deursigtigheid en aanspreeklikheid daar te stel. September-maand is deur die kerke verklaar as “vry-van-korrupsie-maand”. As deel van aktiwiteite wat daarop gemik is om korrupsie te beinding, sal daar op 15 September 2020 ‘n stille protes deur kerkleiers wees. Dit word beplan vir, en gaan plaasvind, provinsiaal en in ons nasionale hoofstede. Die AGS het reeds AGS-leiers aangestel wat gaan deelneem aan die protes.

My versoek is dat ons, waar moontlik, op 15 September 2020 die AGS anti-korrupsie plakaat in ons kerkgeboue en op ons sosiale media moet sigbaar maak. Die plakkaat kan afgelaai word vanaf https://afm-ags.org/category/media/. Die AGS van SA doen ‘n beroep op die regering om korrupsie in ons land te stop. Maak asseblief seker dat jy my videoboodskap kyk oor die saak.

3. PLAASMOORDE EN MISDAAD TEEN VROUENS

Ek nooi mede-pastore en leiers van die AGS uit om die toename in aanvalle en moorde op vroue en boere in ons land te veroordeel. Ek doen ‘n beroep op ons regering en wetstoepassingsagentskappe om hierdie misdade te prioritiseer en vinnig op te tree om oortreders voor die gereg te bring. Ons harte en gebede word toegewy aan alle gesinne wat deurr hierdie misdade geraak is.

Seen!

MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 28 August 2020

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28 AUGUST ENG 2020

Fellow Colleague,

I trust that you are staying strong in the Lord! (Ephesians 6:10 NIV) Since the lockdown started in March, effective communication with our Pastors was set at the highest level of priority. We would like to ask your feedback on how we are doing with communication during the Covid-19 crisis. May I request your feedback by asking you to complete a 4-minute questionnaire?

Your feedback is important to us:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7THPWNS

1. OUTSTANDING DATES ON THE AFM 2020 CALENDAR 

Our church’s annual schedule post March 2020 was disrupted by the national lockdown which restricted our movements and gatherings. While we were able to continue with some on virtual platforms, we had to forego others which could not be done virtually. Some of those we had to cancel include:

The 2020 NOB Empowerment Visits to Regional Clusters

We were not able to visit the Regions in the North West and Gauteng clusters as scheduled for 17–18 April 2020. The Eastern Cape and Northern Cape clusters that was scheduled for 8-9 May 2020 also had to be dropped due to the lockdown. The NOB took a decision that materials that were presented at clusters before the lockdown be made available to assemblies through their Regional Committees. The Office of the General Secretary has already sent these materials to the respective Regional Committees. These materials are also now available for download from the AFM Website:

https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

I am aware that the 2020 elections of the Church’s National Departments’ were also disrupted by the pandemic. Department Leaders will communicate with you once they have taken decisions regarding adjustments to their 2020 activities.

2021 Annual Calendar

The recent virtual NLF in July, approved the Church’s Annual Calendar for 2021. Please be advised that some of these activities may be affected by the lockdown rules to mitigate the spread of the infection. The calendar is available for download from our website:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

2. MIL WORKSHOPS

Because of the easing of the national  lockdown to alert Level 2, the MIL workshops scheduled for September (Bellville: 14-16 September; Pretoria: 21-23 September; Amanzimtoti: 28-30 September) will definitely continue. However, to comply with existing regulations of only 50 persons per gathering, we will not be able to accommodate the mentors of MIL candidates, as well as pastors attending for PCD purposes. Thus only current registered MIL participants will be able to attend (this includes candidates part of the Resolution 818). For any inquiries, please contact the National MIL Coordinator, Dr. Christo van den Berg at 082 086 6269.

3. FUNERALS: GUIDELINES

Funerals continue to be a place where most infections are spread. The AFM compiled a document with clear guidelines that can be downloaded from the link below. My request is that we ensure that every AFM Pastor takes note of this document. Let us continue to be channels of hope:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Further the Department of Health also released information regarding the handling of deceased individuals by undertakers and mortuaries:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Blessings!

M.G. Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 28 Augustus 2020

Laai die PDF-weergawe (vir e-pos en druk doeleindes) hier af:

28 AUGUST AFR 2020

Mede-Kollega,

Ek vertrou jy vind jou krag in die sterkte van die Here! (Efesiërs 6:10 NLV) Sedert die inperking in Maart vanjaar begin het, was effektiewe kommunikasie met ons pastore een van ons hoogste prioriteite. Ons wil graag jou terugvoer hê oor hoe effektief ons kommunikasie was tydens die Covid-19-krisis. Mag ek vra vir jou terugvoer deur ‘n 4-minute aanlyn vraelys te voltooi?

Jou terugvoer is belangrik vir ons:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7THPWNS

1. UITSTAANDE DATUMS OP DIE AFM 2020-KALENDER

Ons kerk se jaarlikse skedule na Maart 2020 is ontwrig deur die nasionale inperking wat ons bewegings en byeenkomste beperk het. Terwyl ons met sommige byeenkomste op virtuele platforms kon voortgaan, moes ons ander kanselleer waar dit nie prakties moontlik was nie. Van die wat ons moes kanselleer, sluit in:

Die 2020 NOB-Bemagtigingsbesoeke aan Streke

Ons kon nie die streke in Noordwes en Gauteng besoek soos geskeduleer vir 17-18 April 2020 nie. Die Oos-Kaapse en Noord-Kaapse besoeke wat vir 8-9 Mei 2020 geskeduleer was, moes ook gekanselleer word weens die inperkingsregulasies. Die NOB het besluit dat die materiaal wat voor die inperking by ons besoeke aangebied is, nou beskikbaar sal wees aan streke deur hul streekskomitees. Die Algemene Sekretaris het hierdie materiaal reeds aan die onderskeie streekskomitees gestuur. Hierdie materiaal is ook nou beskikbaar vanaf die AGS-webwerf:

https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Nasionale Departemente

Ek is bewus daarvan dat die 2020 verkiesings van die Nasionale Departemente van die kerk ook deur die pandemie ontwrig is. Departement Leiers sal met jou kommunikeer sodra daar besluite geneem is oor aanpassings aan hul 2020 aktiwiteite.

2021 Kalender

Die onlangse virtuele NLF (Nasionale Leierskap Forum) in Julie, het die kerk se kalender vir 2021 goedgekeur. Let daarop dat sommige van hierdie aktiwiteite beïnvloed mag word deur die inperkingsregulasies wat in plek gestel is om die verspreiding van die infeksie te verlig. Die kalender kan vanaf ons webwerf afgelaai word:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

2. MIL WERKSWINKEL

As gevolg van die verslapping van die nasionale inperking tot Vlak 2, sal die MIL-werkswinkels wat in September beplan word (Bellville: 14-16 September, Pretoria: 21-23 September, Amanzimtoti: 28-30 September) beslis voortgaan. Om aan die huidige regulasies van slegs 50 persone per byeenkoms te voldoen, sal ons egter nie die mentors van MIL-kandidate, asook pastore wat vir PCD-doeleindes wil bywoon, kan akkommodeer nie. Slegs huidige MIL-deelnemers sal dit kan bywoon (dit sluit kandidate in wat deel vorm van die Resolusie 818). Vir enige navrae, kontak gerus die nasionale MIL-koördineerder, Dr. Christo van den Berg by 082 086 6269.

3. BEGRAFNISSE: RIGLYNE

Begrafnisse is steeds ‘n plek waar die virus versprei word. Die AGS het ‘n dokument saamgestel met duidelike riglyne wat van die onderstaande skakel afgelaai kan word. My versoek is dat ons toesien dat elke AGS pastoor kennis neem van hierdie dokument. Laat ons steeds kanale van hoop te wees:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Verder het die Departement van Gesondheid ook inligting vrygestel oor die hantering van oorledenes deur begrafnisondernemers en lykshuise:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Seën!

M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 21 August 2020

Download the PDF-version here:

21 AUGUST ENG 2020

Dear AFM Colleague,

1. A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT

We are all aware that the President of the country declared a move from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 of lockdown. Earlier this week I published a statement from my side on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/AFMOFSA/

It is encouraging to see that many South Africans are recovering from the virus. Our hearts still go out to all the families who have lost loved ones. I want to encourage you with a scripture from Ephesians 6:10 (NIV): “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” It is comforting to know that our God gives us strength and that He is powerful. God will take us through this storm. On this subject I include a video devotion that you can watch here:

2. CIRCULAR

Earlier this week an important Circular was sent to all AFM Assemblies concerning:

  • The nominees for the National Office Bearers elections.
  • An approved proposed amendment to Regulation 7.4.4.
  • The minimum credits for PCD for 2020.
  • The importance of complying with Covid-19 protocol (especially at funerals).
  • A letter from the AFM Welfare for your kind consideration.

All the above documentation is available for download from the following link on our website:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

3. SUPPORTING OUR HEALTH WORKERS

The Covid-19 environment is a very present threat, yet it offers unique mission opportunities to serve the hurting and grieving. Health workers are traumatized, anxious and depressed. They are often separated from their normal communities of faith due to restrictions on the number of people who can gather to worship.

We have received a request from The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa to support health workers in our communities. To read more about specific actions that can be taken, download this letter from the following link:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

4. COVID-19 AND THE IMPACT ON THE DEAF COMMUNITY

The Deaf are in desperate need of assistance in all spheres of life. The average request rate for assistance to the Deaf over the last few years were 3 requests daily. It has now increased to an average of 16 per day. In the following blog-article, Past. Dirk Venter tells us more about how Covid-19 is affecting the Deaf community:

https://afm-ags.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-the-deaf-community/

Deaf Friendly is a specialised AFM Ministry and widely known to assist the Deaf. Please inform Deaf Friendly of any Deaf in distress so that we can follow up with as much assistance as we possibly can:

[email protected]

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 21 Augustus 2020

Laai die PDF-weergawe van die Nuusflits hier af:

21 AUGUSTUS AFR 2020

Liewe AGS Kollega,

1. ‘N BOODSKAP VAN BEMOEDEGING 

Ons is almal bewus daarvan dat President Cyril Ramaphosa die land vanaf inperkings Vlak 3 na inperkings Vlak 2 verskuif het. Ek het vroeër die week ‘n verklaring op ons Facebook-blad gepubliseer oor hoe die huidige inperking die kerk affekteer:

https://www.facebook.com/AFMOFSA/

Dit is bemoedigend om te sien dat baie Suid-Afrikaners besig is om te herstel van die Korona-virus. Ons harte gaan nog steeds uit na al die families wat geliefdes verloor het as gevolg van die pandemie. Ek wil jou graag vandag aanmoedig met ‘n skrifgedeelte uit Efesiërs 6:10: “Soek julle krag in die Here en in sy groot mag.” Dit is vertroostend om te weet dat ons God so kragtig is en vir ons al ons krag gee. God sal ons deur hierdie storm dra. Oor hierdie onderwerp sluit ek ‘n video boodskap in:

2. OMSENDBRIEF

Vroeër hierdie week is ‘n belangrike omsendbrief aan alle AGS Gemeentes gestuur rakende:

  • Die genomineerdes vir die Nasionale Ampsdraers verkiesing.
  • ‘n Goedgekeurde voorgestelde verwysiging van Regulasie 7.4.4.
  • Die minimum krediete vir PCD vir 2020.
  • Die belangrikheid daarvan om aan die Covid-19-protokol te voldoen (veral by begrafnisse).
  • ‘n Brief van AGS Welsyn vir jou vriendelike oorweging.

Al die bogenoemde dokumente is beskikbaar vanaf ons webblad by die volgende skakel:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

3. ONDERSTEUNING VAN ONS GESONDHEIDSWERKERS

Die Korona-virus is nog steeds n baie groot bedreiging en tog bied dit vir ons ‘n unieke geleentheid om te bedien en ‘n verskil te kan maak. Ons gesondheidswerkers is huidiglik getraumatiseerd, angstig en depressief. In baie gevalle word hulle geskei van hulle gewone geloofsgemeenskappe as gevolg van die beperkings wat geplaas is op die aantal mense wat mag saam kom om die Here te dien.

Ons het ‘n versoek van The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa ontvang om gesondheidswerkers in ons gemeenskappe te ondersteun. Lees meer oor die spesifieke aksies wat ons kan neem om ons gesondheidswerkers te ondersteun in die onderstaande versoek:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

4. COVID-19 SE IMPAK OP DIE DOWE GEMEENSKAP

Die Dowes kort dringend hulp, nou meer as ooit tevore. Die gemiddelde versoekpersentasie vir hulp aan dowe persone het die afgelope paar jaar van drie versoeke per dag toegeneem na ‘n gemiddeld van 16 versoeke per dag. In die volgende artikel deel Pastoor Dirk Venter meer oor hoe die pandemie die dowe gemeenskap affekteer:

https://afm-ags.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-the-deaf-community/

Deaf Friendly is n gespesialiseerde AGS Bediening en is landswyd bekend vir die werk wat hulle doen om die dowes te help. As jy weet van enige dowe persone wat in nood is, kontak Deaf Friendly en stel hulle in kennis sodat hulle so gou as moontlik kan opvolg en hulp verleen:

[email protected]

Seën!

MG Mahlobo